Coloradans should beware the “Transparency Trojan Horse” that will create a database containing their most personal health care information, according to an Independence Institute analysis of HB 1330 the Health Care Cost Transparency Act sponsored by State Representative John Kefalas and Senator John Morse.
Health Care Policy Center Director Linda Gorman warns that the legislation grants unlimited power to the state’s Executive Director of Health Care Policy and Financing to mandate the collection of any health care data, to conduct audits, to give the data to third parties without seeking permission and to impose unlimited fines for refusing to provide data to the database.
COST sees two troubling trends with this bill. First, it is a frightening invasion of privacy. Second, those who want to expand the scope of government and control over individual behavior are using the popular transparency mantra to cloak their real intentions.
Transparency, as COST knows it, allows taxpayers to see what government is doing. It was NEVER intended to allow government access to citizens’ private information.
Sadly, HB 1330 just passed the House Health and Human Services Committee with a unanimous vote.